Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work- both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Polly Griesbach, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was 2. It has been a daily battle for her and although there is no cure, she has learned to manage her diabetes. This December marks 25 years of living with the disease. In honor of those 25 years, she will be completing the Disney Marathon in January to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She has hope that one day, there will be a cure Type 1 Diabetes.
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
Living with Type 1 Diabetes for almost 25 years with no complications and training for my first full marathon.
How did you achieve it?
I chose to take control of my diabetes. This meant eating healthy and exercising every day. I had to learn what worked for me. I have also had really great support from some amazing people! My parents have always pushed me to fulfill my dreams and never give up. My friends have encouraged me along the way and helped me up when I was down.
What motivates you to make the world a better place?
I love people, especially children, and I want to do whatever I can to help. It always makes me feel good when I can put a smile on someone else’s face.
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
I run about 5 days a week, go to Zumba class 4 days a week, and lift weights every other day. I also eat healthy and check my blood sugar multiple times per day.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
I’ve been told many times that determination is the key to success. It’s true. Where there is a will, there is a way!
What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles? I love running and I love helping others. Charity Miles lets me do both at the same time.
Who do you exercise for, and why?
I exercise for myself. I want to stay fit so that I can enjoy all the great things life has to offer. I exercise to keep my blood sugar under control and because it keeps me happy and stress free. I also want to be a role model for other Type 1Diabetics. I want to encourage them to stay active, believe in themselves, and never give up.